October 19, 2012

Emily C Necklaces: Keep your rings by your heart

Are you looking for a unique gift for a loved one? Emily C necklaces are "part puzzle, part magic!", as they allow you to attach a ring without taking off the necklace and unclasping. This is perfect for all those times we take off our rings, place them on a counter or yoga bag, hoping beyond hope they never get lost.

We were sent Scallop Pendant to try:

Every time you take off your ring, you risk losing it. But leaving it on all the time, even while cleaning, cooking, working, and playing leads to a dirty, dull, often scratched or damaged ring. Precious metals begin to lose their shine, and we all know diamonds don't sparkle when they're dirty... Emily C® has designed an elegant and luxurious solution: a ring holder necklace! It takes only a second to attach your ring, and your necklace not only holds it securely but showcases it in a whole new glamorous way.

Emily C® necklaces are a godsend for any woman with a cherished ring! They are an ideal gift, especially for the newly engaged, married, or pregnant, or for those who work in industries where they must remove their rings.

This is a pretty necklace to wear with or without a ring attached. I do not see anything eco-friendly about it, but it can save a lot of heartache and anxiety.  I do not know if the gold or diamonds (available on the couture version) are cruelty-free and ethically-sourced.  

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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November 30, 2011

Really Natural Beauty Gifts: Naturopathica Vitamin C Revitalizing Complex and Vitamin K Brightening Eye Serum

Are you looking for the perfect stocking stuff for the natural beauty in your life? Naturopathica is sure to please from a company you can trust:

Our approach to healthy skin care begins by eliminating harmful synthetics or skin irritants such as parabens, glycols or sulfates, and then adding clinically proven ingredients like antioxidants and peptides that provide real benefits to the skin.

We were sent two products to try out:

These are high quality, natural beauty products! These powerful, effective natural ingredients leave your skin feeling fresh and young. Made in the USA, these cruelty-free beauty products are sure to please any woman on your list!

Disclosure:  The products described above were sent to us as free samples.  Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given.  No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews.  The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.
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November 28, 2011

Green Gift Giveaway and Product Review: Fair Trade, Handloomed, Naturally Dyed SLOWCOLOR Linen Scarves

As a weaver and fiber artist, I am fascinated by SLOWCOLOR. The video above not only explains the company's "trend toward more conscious gifting", but the natural, handmade processes of the weavers, spinners, and dyers inspire me. I would love to go and visit SLOWCOLOR's artisans! That would be my dream vacation!

We were sent a beautiful Boulder Scarf to review.

  • The scarf that goes anywhere. A treasured companion on your life's adventures: casual, elegant, for work, and for play. Men like this scarf as much as women.

  • Gauze Weave

  • 100% premium linen handloomed with pride and passion in India

  • Hand Made: As this is a hand made product, slight size and color variation only show the human touch of a soul and heart at work

  • Size: 24"x72"

I love my Boulder Scarf. It is the perfect size for how I like to wear my scarves, and the hand dyed linen is rich and beautiful. I can't help but think of the hands involved in making this product.  Handloomed, natural plant based hand dyed, fair trade...a perfect gift for the eco-conscious!

Good News! We have one SLOWCOLOR Boulder Scarf to giveaway to a lucky reader!



  • This contest is open to US residence only.  No P.O.Boxes.

  • You have until 8:00 A.M. EST December 21st, 2011 to enter.


  • One winner will receive 1 Boulder Scarf of their choice (inventory availability dependent)

  • Value $85.00 (incl. shipping)


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Disclosure:  The products described above were sent to us as free samples.  Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given.  No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews.  The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

This giveaway is running in conjunction with Eco Child's Play. Only one winner will be selected from both blogs.

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November 25, 2011

Green Gifts for Mom Giveaway: Krimson Klover Eco-Friendly Fine Merino Wool Clothing

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We are super excited about Krimson Klover!  Not only are these "knits with a twist" fashionable, the company takes their "commitment to environmental and social responsibility very seriously by using yarns from sources that respect their animals, employees and Mother Earth".

We were sent a luxurious Mrs. Rose sweater to try.  This washable merino wool is super soft and comfortable. There is no itch at all giving you the freedom to wear whatever (or nothing at all) underneath it.  The knitting is of high quality, and I love how the buttons do not go all the way to the bottom of the sweater giving it a more fashionable design.  The bold design works beautifully giving the sweater an overall chic, graphic aesthetic.  The Mrs. Rose would make a perfect gift for Mom!

Good news!  We have a beautiful Krimson Klover Poppy Hat and Scarf to giveaway to one lucky winner!  The Pippy Hat and Scarf are made with the same incredible "luxurious washable" merino wool as the Mrs. Rose sweater, plus the hat is lined with fleece for extra warmth.


Krimson Klover Pippy Hat and Scarf Set GIVEAWAY!


  • This contest is open to US residence only.  No P.O.Boxes.

  • You have until 8:00 A.M. EST December 21st, 2011 to enter.


  • One winner will receive one Pippy Hat and Scarf set of their choice (inventory availability dependent)

  • Value $28.00 and $65

Mandatory Entry

  1. Visit Krimson Klover's catalog

  2. Leave a comment on Krimson Klovers's Facebook page mentioning what your favorite product is and why, as well as an @tag back to Really Natural's Facebook page about the giveaway.

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  • Follow on Twitter Krimson Klover

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  • Share this giveaway on your Facebook wall tagging Krimson Klovers's FB page (doing this correctly, your post will show on our FB page wall)

  • Comment on another Krimson Klover wall post on FB.

  • Tweet this giveaway making sure to mention @krimsonklover

Disclosure:  The products described above were sent to us as free samples.  Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given.  No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews.  The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

This giveaway is running in conjunction with Eco Child's Play. Only one winner will be selected.

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November 11, 2011

Gifts for the Runner, Athlete, Adventurer: Vibram FiveFingers Barefoot Shoes

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You might have seen people wearing these funny shoes and wondered what all the hype is about. My daughter has a pair, and she loves them! She is not a runner per se, but she finds they are fabulous for free form bouldering and just general lollygagging.

Vibram Fivefingers :

Vibram FiveFingers® footwear is different than any other footwear on the planet. Not only does it bring you closer to your environment, it also delivers a number of positive health benefits--by leveraging all of the body's natural biomechanics, so you can move as nature intended.
5 Reasons to Wear Vibram FiveFingers:
1. Strengthens Muscles in the Feet and Lower Legs--Wearing Vibram FiveFingers will stimulate and strengthen muscles in the feet and lower legs, improving general foot health and reducing the risk of injury.
2. Improves Range of Motion in Ankles, Feet and Toes--No longer 'cast' in a shoe, the foot and toes move more naturally.
3. Stimulates Neural Function Important to Balance and Agility--When wearing Vibram FiveFingers, thousands of neurological receptors in the feet send valuable information to the brain, improving balance and agility.
4. Eliminate Heel Lift to Align the Spine and Improve Posture--By lowering the heel, your bodyweight becomes evenly distributed across the footbed, promoting proper posture and spinal alignment.
5. Allow the Foot and Body to Move Naturally--Which just FEELS GOOD.

Every person I have seen wearing these shoes says they love them!  They are made of synthetic materials. There is nothing natural about them except for they way they help you move.  

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November 4, 2011

Tax Deductible Holiday Gifts: Environmental Working Group Gift Bag

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Sometimes it is hard to find the gift for those who have it all, and sometimes it is hard to find a gift that you feel good about. During the holiday season that often equates to overconsumerism, tax deductible donations are a great alternative to traditional gifts, especially one that comes with a great holiday gift bag that also will educate.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an organization I rely on for accurate information about healthful, natural living.

EWG is working overtime to give you the crucial information you need about the toxins that could be lurking in your food, water and personal care products. Our Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce tells you which fruits and vegetables are lowest in pesticide residues. Our Tap Water Database tells you what harmful chemicals are in your water depending on where you live. Our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database helps you make smarter product choices, from shampoo to aftershave, to protect your family from harmful chemical ingredients.

By purchasing a gift bag right now, you'll help EWG meet our 2011 budget goal and ensure that we have the necessary funding to continue our groundbreaking research in 2012. And because a generous donor has agreed to match your donation dollar-for-dollar, you have the extraordinary opportunity to double the impact of your gift.

I know you'll love this year's gift bag because it's full of products that will help you eat better - for your own health and the health of our planet.

Our Eat Green on the Go limited-edition gift bag includes:

  • Anna Getty's Easy Green Organic Cookbook to help you cook yummy meals that are good for you and the environment.
  • A Klean Kanteen Reflect reusable stainless steel bottle that's 100 percent plastic-free and made with a bamboo cap - a first of its kind!
  • A To-Go Ware Snack Stack food carrier that's perfect for packing both hot and cold foods.
  • An EcoBags organic cotton canvas lunch sack that's reusable and machine washable.
  • A LunchSkins by 3GreenMoms reusable sandwich bag that is dishwasher-safe and free of lead, BPA and phthalates.
  • Earthbound Farm's new organic savory snack mix.
  • Organic seeds from Seeds of Change.
  • EWG's Quick Tips for Safer Cosmetics shopping guide.
  • EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce wallet guide.
  • EWG's Meat Eater's Guide to Climate Change + Health wallet guide.
  • More than $50 in coupons from great companies like Organic Valley, Amy's Kitchen, Stonyfield and ChicoBag.
All it takes is a tax-deductible donation of $135 and you'll get an incredible gift bag while also helping EWG meet our end-of-year fundraising goal.
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November 2, 2011

Holiday Gifts that Give Back: Native Trails Talaveras Coasters Support Kiva

Are you looking for a great gift item that also gives back? Native Trails Talaveras Coasters are not only beautiful, but 100% of proceeds go to Kiva!

Buy our hand crafted Talavera Tiles, coasters, trivets, murals, house numbers and welcome plaques and you will be supporting Kiva, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Each Pure Talavera Tile is a distinct piece of art created using traditional hand-crafted methods that originated in Talavera de le Reina, Spain and were introduced to the indigenous people of Puebla, Mexico in the 16th century. This exceptional earthenware is exclusive to the Puebla region where local clays are blended to produce a unique composition that results in superior Talavera tiles like no other tiles in the world - these are Pure Talavera Tiles.
These tiles truly are beautiful! I really like them; however, our coasters were shipped in much styrofoam packaging to prevent breakage. We did not receive them in the gift packaging they would include if purchased online.


Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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October 10, 2011

Really Natural Books: National Geographic's Ocean Soul

National Geographic is famous for excellent photography. Ocean Soul, a new book by Brian Skerry, upholds this tradition and takes it underwater!

Ocean Soul is a love story. It is a story of discovery. It is a story of hope.

The story begins when a boy who loves the sea attends an event with underwater photographers and has an epiphany: "I had always wanted to explore the oceans, but I now understood how I would do this. I would do it with a camera." With sheer deter mination, hard work, and a little bit of luck the boy, named Brian Skerry, realized his dream with more than 20 awe-inspiring articles for National Geographic magazine. Now, with Ocean Soul, he showcases his stunning photography and describes his adventurous life in a gripping portrait of the ocean as a place of beauty and mystery, a place in trouble, and ultimately, a place of hope that will rebound with the proper attention and care.

This book is truly beautiful and would make a great gift for any lover of aquatic life. One of my favorite images is of a lemon shark pup taken in the Bahamas. Skerry artistically documents a world many of us will never see.

It does not appear that the book is made from FSC paper or recycled content.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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June 13, 2011

5 Green Father's Day Gifts From 5 Green Blogs

Father's Day is this Sunday. You could get Dad a tie cookie, or you could get him a really cool green gadget. After browsing the blogosphere, here are five green Father's Day gift ideas from five green blogs:

  1. Earth Techling recommends Etón Raptor Solar USB Charger and Weatherband Radio.
  2. Earth Share recommends Eco Golf Tees.
  3. Inhabitots recommends iWood's Eco Design sunglass frames.
  4. The Sierra Club recommends Solar-Powered Motion-Sensing Light.
  5. The Daily Green recommends a Recycled Hammock.

Photo:  Attribution Some rights reserved by DNAMichaud
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November 8, 2010

Really Natural Green Holiday Eco-Friendly Gift Guide 2010

The following recommendations for eco-friendly gifts come from our favorite products we've reviewed in 2010.  Happy Holidays!

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Gifts for the Cook:

  • Really Natural Cookbooks: Greek Revival: Cook for Life:  Greek Revival: Cooking for Life by Patricia Moore-Pastides is a beautiful cookbook filled with delectable recipes and incredible photographs.  From roasted cumin carrots to stuffed eggplant and zucchini, there are plenty of recipes to please any palate from vegetarian to omnivore.  
  • Really Natural Cookbooks: Green & Black's Chocolate Recipes: From the makers of my favorite chocolate, comes an incredible cookbook! Green & Black's Chocolate Recipes, Revised Edition is the kind of cookbook that makes you drool. Not only is it filled with incredible organic chocolate recipes, it also gives you an education into cocoa (e.g. growers' associations, education, cultural information).
  • Really Natural Cookbooks: The Homesteader's Kitchen Recipes From Farm to Table: Every once in awhile I come across a cookbook that I get really excited about. The Homesteader's Kitchen: Recipes from Farm to Table is full of delicious, whole food recipes, as well as incredible photographs. It is motivating to me as a gardener to inspire new creations in the kitchen from what I have grown. From Miso Vegetable Soup to Brown Rice Cream with Dates, Cinnamon, and Vanilla, your palate will not be disappointed.
  • Really Natural Locavore Cookbooks: Emeril Lagasse Farm to Fork: If you have a garden or love to shop at farmers' markets, you know the value of cooking with fresh, local ingredients. Famous chef Emeril Lagrasse does to and has written a cookbook to help you stay creative while maintaining locavore ideals. Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Cooking Fresh is an aesthetically pleasing cookbook filled with beautiful photographs and delicious recipes.
ArrowContinue reading: "Really Natural Green Holiday Eco-Friendly Gift Guide 2010"

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June 14, 2010

5 Last Minute Green Father's Day Gifts

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In my family, we joke that giving late gifts for holidays and birthdays is genetic. Here are some last minute ideas if you feel compelled to give your Dad a green gift for Father's Day. Remember, just spending time with your Dad may be the best gift of all!

1. Kindle Wireless Reading Device

Although I don't know how eco-friendly the materials or construction of the Kindle are, the fact is e-readers save on paper! My daughter got an e-reader for Christmas, and she has already read over two dozen books on it. 

2. Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower

Most dads I know take pride in their lawns. My own dad doesn't obsess over his green grass, but he definitely keeps it neatly mowed. I think the perfect eco-friendly gift for a lawn loving father is a classic push reel lawn mower.

3. Klean Kanteen Wide Mouth Insulated Water Bottle with Loop Cap

An insulated stainless steel bottle keeps your water cool longer and makes a great gift for dad. It can also serve as a subtle hint that your father should ditch the plastic water bottle habit, if he has one.

4. Men's Chaco Flip EcoTread™

Dad's deserve good sandals, and summertime is upon us. I've seen a lot of dads wearing dorky sandals. Help your dad become more hip and eco-friendly with a pair of Chacos!

5. Fox River® Men's Organic Outdoor Sock

Ties may be the classic Father's Day gift, but Dad will get a lot more use out of organic socks!
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December 9, 2009

Eco-Friendly Bamboo Scarf Packaged in Earth Friendly Reusable Bag by Wish Wrap

I'm a scarf person. I love scarves and wear them three out of four seasons. Wish Wrap is a unique company that allows you to chose a "wish" to give with each gift.

So, let's say you've selected a blanket as a holiday present for someone special. You may choose a wish like 'warmth' to go with it. But, that's just one way to go. Perhaps the blanket represents 'peace' or 'laughter' to you. Pick your wish based on your relationship and what the gift means to you. Make it personal. When your gift is delivered, the blanket will be specially packaged to send the sentiment of 'warmth' or whichever wish you've chosen.

Wish Wrap offers many eco-friendly products, like Eco-Chic Bamboo Scarf. I absolutely love the colors of this scarf (my favorite is pistachio), and it is super soft and versatile. earth-friendly fashion accessory that the style-conscious can wrap their arms around! This lightweight, supersoft scarf is made of sustainably-grown bamboo plant fibers. At 30"x74" its extra-long - wear it like a shawl or around your neck. It travels well, and even works as a cover-up for new moms.

Not only is the bamboo scarf exquisite, the unique eco-friendly packaging used by Wish Wrap is very cool and reusable. In fact, the jute bag is a gift alone!
Our packaging is truly eco-friendly. It's made of jute - a fiber that grows faster and in less space than bamboo. It's recyclable and biodegradable. All our gift bags and boxes fold flat to take up less room in shipping and storing. Less space means less energy, another environmental offender.

Disclosure: I was sent a bamboo scarf in order to complete this review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

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December 8, 2009

Heifer International: Meaningful Gifts That Change the World

Every year, I struggle to find gifts for my parents. They really don't need anything, and I don't want to buy gifts that will just end up at the Salvation Army or be sold at a garage sale in the near future. Last year, I purchased a Community Supported Agriculture half share for my father. This year, I've decided to give a Heifer International gift to my dad.

Choose a meaningful gift to give a loved one and help children and families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant.

"I loved my Heifer gift. I don't need more chocolate or knick-knacks. Knowing that a family gets a goat for milk, and can be self-sufficient is a great positive thing to bring into the world. It's wonderful to know a family has been given help in my name."

-- Eileen, Rochester NY

I chose the "Hope Basket" for my father.
The Heifer Hope Basket, with its chickens and rabbits, offers just that to Heifer's project partners. What can be more hopeful to a struggling farmer than a gift of fast-multiplying livestock? Rabbits are easy to care for and reproduce quickly, allowing their owners to sell the offspring for extra income once they've fulfilled Heifer's "Passing on the Gift" promise; and chickens lay eggs and provide manure for vegetable gardens. That's why this gift of Hope goes on and on, lasting much longer and helping more families than the usual gift basket filled with pastries or presents ever could.

I hope my father appreciates the Heifer gift. During this season of excess and overconsumption, I feel it is important to extend the spirit of giving to those with the greatest need.
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November 30, 2009

5 Ways to Get a Green Deal on Cyber Monday

greentoysdumptruck.jpgOh, it's Cyber Monday, the internet shopper's version of Black Friday. If you spent your Black Friday buying nothing, as many celebrate Buy Nothing Day, it may be time to get your responsible holiday shopping done. Shopping early ensures you get what want to give without settling for what is left, and it saves you money by not needing to pay pricey overnight shipping costs. Cyber Monday is often celebrated by online outlets with not only great deals, but free shipping. Here are five ideas to get the most out of your Cyber Monday:

1. Shop the blogosphere: Bloggers are assembling gift guides and looking for the best deals on products they have reviewed and tested. Check out some of the holiday gift guides on Blogpire for great gift ideas, such as our very own Really Natural Green Holiday Gift Guide or Kitchen Contraptions Holiday Gift Guide.

2. Shop locally online: Even though you are shopping online, check your local stores' websites for great deals. You can still support local vendors and support your local economy on Cyber Monday. For example, the outdoor gear shops where I live have great online deals that allow me to shop from home but make returns in the store. Some local stores even sell via Amazon.

3. Shop with Social Responsibility: There are so many wonderful non-profit organizations you can support to give a gift to someone who has everything or is more concerned with the plight of humans around the world rather than getting a material possession. Heifer International allows you to purchase livestock to provide food sustainability to help end hunger and poverty around the world. Kiva allows you to make micro-loans to entrepreneurs around the world and actually becomes quite addicting as you are repaid and reloan money over and over again.

4. Give the gift of a CSA: This is always a great deal to invest in a local farm, and you can do it online via Local Harvest. Last year, I gave my father the gift of Community Supported Agriculture.

5. Don't sacrifice green values for a deal: It is tempting to abandon your principles of sustainability and earth-friendliness when you see a really good deal, but it is not needed. There are a lot of wonderful gift ideas, like the Green Toys Dump Truck, that are made out of recycled plastic.

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